A Royal Blessing – John Hosking

About ten days ago John Hosking sent me a short choral piece which he’d been inspired to write in the wake of the birth of Prince George. In view of the topical nature of the piece it seemed appropriate to drop everything to publish it. It hit the stands two days later as A Royal Blessing.

The following day John recorded the piece in St Asaph Cathedral. You can listen to the recording and view the score, as well as order copies, here.

No piece of idle sycophancy this, the words are inspired by the extraordinary media excitement that greeted Prince George as compared with the anonymity of the birth of that other prince 2,000 years ago, and by the common humanity shared by prince and pauper.

May God’s blessing be yours for ever,
may he hold you in his arms,
and embrace you with his love,
and guide you in truth and righteousness
all the days of your life.

May the Lord protect you as you journey
through all the trials of life,
keeping God within your sight;
remembering to act with wisdom
through faith in Christ Jesus.

All glory to God the Father,
and to the Son, Jesus Christ,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning
is now and shall be for ever.

Daily Post article

The paparazzi can’t get enough of our John

Well, in the last few days John himself has found himself the object of media attention, though possibly not quite in the same measure as Prince George. The Daily Post printed an article about the piece, and Heart Radio will be recording an interview with him soon. Meanwhile the piece itself is to be broadcast by BBC Radio Cornwall. Details to follow.

Once the dust has settled we’ll be sending some copies of A Royal Blessing to the royal household. We’ll see what they make of it.


About Neil Sands

Director of the Chichester Music Press. Astronomer.
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